The Therapeutic Alliance: Research and Theory

Louis G. Castonguay, Michael J. Constantino, James F. Boswell, David R. Kraus

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One of the factors that cut across different forms of psychotherapy is the therapeutic alliance. Defined as a measure of collaboration and affective bond between the client and therapist, the alliance has been the focus of a substantial amount of research. This chapter briefly surveys the current state of empirical knowledge about its relationship with treatment outcome, its patterns and development during treatment, as well as its predictors. The chapter also suggests future research directions for the alliance in psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780470471609
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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